BC Association of Farmers' markets

The demand for locally produced, fresh and nutritious food has grown rapidly over the past ten years, and so too has the number of farmers' markets. Today, farmers' markets operate in every type of community across BC, from cities to suburbs to rural communities.

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Farmers' Market Awards - Best of 2016

Farmers' Market Awards - Best of 2016



Nominate your favourite Farmers' Market, Market Manager, Vendor
and Volunteer of the Year!

The annual Farmers' Market Awards recognizes outstanding Farmers’ Markets, Market Managers, Vendors, and Volunteers that are exemplary in adding value to their communities and the farmers' market sector. All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across BC. Recipients will be honoured during the Farmers' Market Awards ceremony at the 2017 BCAFM Conference on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Nomination Deadline:

  • The deadline to nominate was Sunday, February 5, 2017. Good luck to all nominees!
Award Categories:

Farmers' Market of the Year

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) will recognize outstanding Farmers’ Markets that are exemplary in adding value to their communities and connecting producers to consumers through fresh, locally grown food, and artisan products.

Who is Eligible?
  • All BCAFM member markets in good standing are eligible to be considered for this award.
Qualities Seen In Market of the Year:
  • The market is an integral part of its community and brings together farmers, producers and consumers in innovative ways, facilitating strong sales for farmers/vendors through creative special events and educational programming that celebrate and promote fresh, locally grown food and artisan products, and demonstrates a commitment to the BCAFM make, bake, grow philosophy.
  • The market is a venue that promotes, supports and advocates for small farms, local, sustainable agriculture, artisans and programs that link consumers of all economic levels in their community with fresh, local food. 
Categories:           
  • Small Market:  7 - 20 vendors per week on average
  • Medium Market: 21 - 60 vendors per week on average
  • Large Market:  61+ vendors per week on average
Who May Nominate:
  • Nominations are open to the public, vendors, and the farmers' market itself.


Market Manager of the Year

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) will recognize an outstanding Farmers’ Market Manager for her/his work and accomplishments in their role as a Market Manager.

Who is Eligible?
  • All Market Managers of BCAFM member markets in good standing are eligible to be considered for this award. 
Criteria for Selection:
  • Exemplifies the highest level of achievement in connecting farmers, producers and consumers by creating and maintaining a market atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the community and the bounty of its fresh, locally grown food, and artisan products.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the BCAFM make, bake, grow philosophy.
  • Exemplifies sound and innovative business and people management practices; seeks out and develops strong community partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
  • Represents the best of the farmers’ market sector in British Columbia and actively works to promote and support sustainable agriculture, small farms and farmers.
Who May Submit A Nomination:
  • Nominations must be submitted by a BCAFM member market's Board of Directors.

Vendor of the Year

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) will recognize an outstanding Vendor for her/his work and accomplishments related to the farmers’ markets in which she/he participates.

Who is Eligible?
  • Vendors who sell at BCAFM member markets are eligible to be considered for this award.
Criteria for Selection:
  • Qualities of a winning Vendor:
    • have a strong connection with shoppers
    • actively promote the benefits of fresh, locally grown food or artisan products
    • provide excellent customer service
    • set up creative displays and marketing
    • demonstrate the make, bake, grow philosophy
  • Serves as a leader and role model at the farmers’ markets
  • Continually seeks to gain knowledge, adapt to the changing marketplace and apply innovative techniques to farming, food production and marketing
  • Demonstrates success and growth in their farmers' market sales or business
Who Can Nominate A Vendor of the Year?
  • Nominations are open to the public, vendors, and the farmers' market itself.

Volunteer of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize an outstanding individual for their work and accomplishments related to their volunteer work with a BCAFM member farmers’ market.

Who is Eligible?
Individuals who volunteer with BCAFM member markets are eligible to be considered for this award.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Volunteer is reliable, hard working, dedicated, and invested in strengthening BC farmers’ markets.
  • Individual has volunteered a minimum of 20 hours with a BCAFM member farmers’ market.
Who Can Nominate A Vendor of the Year?
  • Nominations will be accepted by the farmers' market at which the individual volunteers.